Circuit Judge Bruce Anderson

Circuit Judge Bruce Anderson was elected in August, 2016 and took the bench in January, 2017. His first Judicial assignment was in a Duval County Felony Criminal Division. He is currently assigned to a Duval County Civil Division. Judge Anderson moved to Jacksonville Beach when he was 2 years old. He graduated from Duncan U. Fletcher High School, received his undergraduate degrees from Jacksonville University (cum laude, 1984), and his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Florida College of Law (1988).

Judge Anderson began his legal career serving as an Assistant State Attorney in Jacksonville under State Attorney Ed Austin. He practiced law in Jacksonville for approximately 28 years and was a partner in the Terrell Hogan Yegelwel law firm before starting his service as a Circuit Judge. While practicing law, his peers accorded him the highest (AV-Preeminent) Martindale Hubbell rating for competence and ethics.
As an attorney, Judge Anderson achieved Board Certification in Civil Trial Law from the Florida Bar. Board Certification evaluates attorneys’ special knowledge, skills, and proficiency in various areas of the law and professionalism and ethics in practice. Less than 5% of Florida’s attorneys have earned board certification status from the Florida Bar.

During his term, Judge Anderson has served on the Education Committee for the Florida Conference of Circuit Judges, and was appointed to the Florida Supreme Court Standard Jury Instruction (Civil) Committee for a three-year term commencing January 1, 2022.  

After being selected by the Florida Supreme Court’s Covid-19 Workgroup to participate in the Remote Civil Jury Trial Pilot Project in May 2020, Judge Anderson led the Fourth Judicial Circuit’s Workgroup that developed protocols and procedures to successfully conduct two fully remote civil jury trials to binding verdicts utilizing the Zoom videoconferencing platform and submit a written report detailing its findings and recommendations to the Chief Justice.

After the National Center for State Courts (“NCSC”) awarded the Fourth Circuit a $10,000.00 grant in early 2021 to participate in their Proof-of-Concept Pilot Project on remote jury selection, Judge Anderson continued to lead the Fourth Circuit’s Remote Project Workgroup to develop a scalable hybrid civil jury trial process consisting of a remote jury selection and an in-person jury trial compliant with the Fourth Judicial Circuit’s Covid-19 restrictions. Judge Anderson and the Remote Project Workgroup developed a scalable hybrid remote model resulting in the Fourth Circuit successfully conducting two hybrid remote civil jury trials to binding verdicts in April and May 2021 with jury selection conducted remotely via Zoom videoconferencing and the in-person trials successfully completed in the Duval County Courthouse in compliance with the Fourth Judicial Circuit’s Covid-19 restrictions in place during that time (i.e. social distancing, plexiglass, facemasks).

In June 2021, the Jacksonville Bar Association presented Judge Anderson with its Professionalism Award. The American Board of Trial Advocates Jacksonville Chapter presented its 2020 Jurist of the Year Award to Judge Anderson.

Judge Anderson is married to a Jacksonville native. He and his wife have one child and are active in the community.